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Thursday, October 24th, 2013
Two celebrity baby boys made their debut this week—first came Mmm-Bopper Zac Hanson’s brand new son, George Abraham Walker Hanson, then came Homeland star Morena Baccarin’s son, Julius.
George is quickly becoming a red-hot celebrity name, thanks in part to the royal baby. It means farmer, and is currently in the top 200 here in the U.S.—expect it to rise when the stats come out for 2013. It’s a royal and presidential name, and there’s a ton of legendary namesakes, from our first President to the famously curious monkey.
Zac Hanson has already said, though, that he’s calling the new baby by his middle name, Abraham—another long-time classic making a comeback. It’s a Biblical name, but one that’s most often associated with President Lincoln. It means father of multitudes.
Walker is a surname/occupational name, and is an up-and-coming name, currently #411 on the U.S. baby name popularity charts.
Morena Baccarin and husband Austin Chick welcomed son Julius a few days ago. Julius is most commonly linked with the famous Roman conqueror, Julius Caesar. The name means “youthful,” and the name is currently on the rise, after dipping into the 500s in the 1990s. It comes with the cool nickname “Jules.”
So, what do you think of the latest batch of celebrity baby names? Anything in the mix that you might consider for your baby?
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Monday, October 14th, 2013
Did anyone else catch the amazing Malala Yousafzai on the Daily Show? (If you haven’t, check it out below.) I was so inspired by her poise and her courage to speak out for women’s rights to education—even after she was shot in the head and neck by the Taliban for speaking out. Her name was on the short list of potential Nobel Peace Prize winners, and became the battle cry for a current campaign to give all children access to education worldwide. Her book, I Am Malala, details her life story so far—and her fight to improve education for women (and for all) in Pakistan. And did I mention that this amazing young woman is only 16?
And so, I’m choosing the Pashtun name Malala as my cool name of the week. Malala means sadness, but I think this young woman may help to give that name a whole new meaning–and a new set of children named after in her honor.
Malala can’t have a plain middle name—no Jane or Leigh or Anne for this one. Try Veda, a Sanskrit name that means knowledge, Luz, a Spanish name that means light, or the cool new virtue name, Truth.
What do you think of Malala? Still too exotic for a Western audience, or a cool new name with a heroic backstory?
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Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
Two celebs had baby boys this week, with very different “D” names—one super-traditional, one a little more offbeat. Do their names score an A+ in your book, or (yikes!) a D?
First came Dominic James, the son of two-time Survivor contestant Rob Cesternino and his wife Nicole. And then Mark-Paul Gosselaar, best known for playing Zack Morris on Saved by the Bell, and his wife Catriona McGinn had their son, Dekker Edward.
Dominic means belonging to the lord, and it’s a top 100 baby name here in the U.S. It comes complete with cute nicknames, like Dom and Nick. And James is a top name—currently at number 14—that means supplanter. Dekker is a unique spelling of the name Decker, which is an occupational name for a roofer. Neither Dekker nor Decker has hit the top 1000. Edward, on the other hand, is still relatively popular—it’s a top 200 name that means guardian.
Personally, I’m more of a Dominic kind of baby namer myself. But I agree with Mark-Paul’s assessment of the name “Dekker,” that “it’s different, but not something odd.” But which one do you love? Share your favorite in the comments! And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the latest in baby names!
Image: Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Catriona McGinn by Joe Seer / Shutterstock.com
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Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
It’s time for the networks to start trotting out their latest attempts to strike ratings gold—but while the shows themselves may not make a big impression, perhaps some of the character names will. What do you think of these baby names?
Jemma Joss Whedon loves smart women—so it’s no wonder he made his biochemist on Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. a woman. Jemma Simmons sports a nice alternative to the overused Emma—it means precious stone.
Cyrus A handsome genie who happens to be Alice in Wonderland’s unrequited love gets the name Cyrus, a Persian name that means “throne.” It’s currently on a bit of an uptick, so maybe its inclusion on the new show Once Upon a Time in Wonderland will help move it into “hot name” territory?
Duncan This Scottish name means “dark warrior,” apropos for the FBI agent who appears to have turned to the dark side in Hostages, played by Dylan McDermott. It’s currently on a bit of a decline, but makes a nice alternative to the popular Declan or Dylan.
Virginia I’m psyched to catch the series Masters of Sex, which goes inside the groundbreaking studies Masters and Johnson did into human sexuality. (You can thank them for keeping fewer of us in the dark about what goes on in the dark!) Virginia Johnson, the female partner in the research proved invaluable in getting people to take part in what could be a very awkward study. I’m thinking that her name, which means virginal and pure, is kind of ironic.
Ichabod There’s a fresh twist afoot on Sleepy Hollow, where Ichabod Crane is brought back in the 21st century to help keep evil—and the Headless Horseman—at bay. (And transforming Ichabod into a hunky British guy doesn’t hurt either!) It’s an old Hebrew name that means fading glory. I’m not sure it can totally overcome the obvious “Icky” nickname, but if it does, it could be among the clunky-but-cool names that are making a comeback.
Katrina Ichabod’s true love and wife (and a witch, to boot) sports this name, a German twist on Katherine that means “pure.”
Francis Could this be a new red-hot name, thanks to the new Pope and the new royal love triangle in Reign, the latest attempt to make history hot? Francis is one contender for the hand of Mary, Queen of Scots, and sports a name that means “free man.”
Freya There’s witches all over TV this year—between Sleepy Hollow, the American Horror Story reboot, and Witches of East End, which features a witch with the name Freya, a Norse name that means noble woman.
What do you think of these names? Anything on here stand out as an absolute do—or an absolute don’t?
Image: Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, courtesy of ABC/Bob D’Amico
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Monday, September 16th, 2013
Brooklyn, London, Madison, Jordan, Camden and Austin—the top baby names are all over the map, literally! But if you’re looking for an exotic place name that isn’t quite so high on the popularity list, consider taking your globe for a whirl and finding some name inspiration there.
Here are some of my favorite worldly names:
India I love this baby name—it’d be on my short name for a little girl, with its melodious sound, exotic flavor and its Gone With the Wind ties. It’s pretty darned popular in the UK, but still not-so-common here.
Everest George Lucas just picked the name of the tallest mountain in the world for his daughter, but I’d love to see this on a boy instead!
Hudson The famed New York river has spawned an up-and-coming name for boys.
Cairo Consider the Egyptian capital as an exotic name choice for a boy.
Aspen The Rocky Mountain getaway (named for the elegant tree) works beautifully as a boy’s name.
Eden The Biblical paradise could make a beautiful name for a little girl (I know of an adorable three-year-old bearing the name).
Montana Big Sky country gives us this beautiful name, the Spanish word for “mountain.”
Olympia The mountain that served as the home of the Greek gods and goddesses serves as a majestic name for a little girl. (Plus I love the nickname Pia for a girl.)
Athena The Greek capital—named for the goddess of wisdom—gives us this up-and-coming girls’ name, favored by Tina Fey.
Roman Add the “n” to the end of Italy’s legendary capital for a beautiful name choice for a boy.
Sahara The world’s largest desert gives us this soft and sweet girls’ name.
Rio The Spanish word for “river” is part of the name of Brazil’s famed city, Rio de Janeiro.
Indiana While the “ana” ending might scream girl, Indiana Jones helps bring the name over to the boys’ side.
Calais A fancy French locale makes a beautiful name for a girl.
So—what names did I miss? Share your favorite place name baby names with me in the comments!
Image: Baby with globe by pzAxe/Shutterstock.com
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